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Oct 26, 2017 12:13 PM CST
I'm looking for a bit of advice. I've had my Echiveria Pulidonis for years - I'm a sucker for picking up half dead stumps of plants from the bargain bins in garden centres and, as it was my birthday I 'rescued' it and he is now affectionately known as Sammy 😄
Trouble is, Sammy (although incredibly healthy and regularly flowering) is now humongous and a bit wonky (I don't think I turn him regularly enough!) I transplanted him into a bigger pot last year but he's huge again - what is the best way to transplant him further?
Last time he lost a lot of leaves in the process (not that you can tell anymore) as I am rather clumsy and he is rather delicate - I really don't want to damage him again or risk him dying! A kind person recommended splitting him up and taking cuttings to thin him out a bit and make him more manageable, making lots of Sammy Jrs in the process :)
I've attached a photo of Sammy if that helps!
Thanks for any advice 😊
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Name: Karen
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Oct 26, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Sammy looks happy right now. You can leave him as is, or you could split him up into more plants. It's your choice. I normally like to leave the new growth alone and let it fill the pot to overflowing before I do anything.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Oct 27, 2017 8:54 AM CST
Well ?😕??? Sounds like you want a HUGE ! SAMMY ! 😮😁😁😁 Hurray! lol.
Dont be in a hurry when up-potting her. Gardening is mediative. Relax, go slow. In other words, dwell in the moment. OR ! Go like heck, beat her up, you got to go to grocery store ! Don't you ! Rolling on the floor laughing
Use some soft garden gloves. Put some layers of crinkled up newspaper in a big colander. Take her, one hand on pot, and other hand on top of soil, palm on soil, with fingers around stem. And GENTLY !!! Put her upside down, into newspaper lined colander. Pick her up again, GENTLY, like a baby. Lift by rootball and center stem only. Turn her into new partially filled pot. Fill her in, and don't water for at least a week. So any broken roots can heal.
Actually ! You dont need to put her into colander. You can have new pot ready, and directly place her in it. The point is to not handle her by her top, or lay her down. Her roots are, just a little bit tuffer than her top.

NOW 😁 ! She'll look beautamass ! 👍
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Oct 27, 2017 8:57 AM CST
Thank you both very much 😁 I have decided to gently split Sammy - who is now 1 main plant (Sammy Senior) in the original pot and 8 Sammy Juniors in their own pots!!

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